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Ex-Concord cop guilty of raping disabled woman at Northfield facility

By PAT GROSSMITH
Union Leader Staff

April 07. 2017 3:27PM
ROBERT MAGOON 



CONCORD — A former local police officer was found guilty Friday of sexually abusing a disabled woman while working as a maintenance man at Pines Community Center in Northfield.

A Merrimack County Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts against Robert Magoon, 74, on charges of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. They found him not guilty of one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Magoon’s bail immediately was revoked and he was taken into custody.

“We appreciate the hard work and consideration the jury put into the case and we applaud the victim for her courage,” said Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Wayne Coull, who prosecuted the case. He said he could not comment further because of pending cases.

Magoon was indicted in August on 11 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of felonious sexual assault and a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. There were eight alleged victims.

Magoon will be tried on the remaining charges, which involve children, at a later date.

The childlike victim, a 29-year-old disabled woman, testified against Magoon, who was a part-time maintenance worker at Pines Community Center.

She alleged the sexual abuse began in January 2013 and continued until April 2014.

The trial opened Tuesday and after about two days of testimony and evidence being presented, the jury began deliberations Thursday. They reached the verdicts about 1:15 p.m. Friday.

Hanna Kinne, one of two public defenders representing Magoon, contended at trial that the state based its investigation on an “unreliable and implausible” story that accused Magoon of something he did not do.

At the Northfield center, Magoon would hold the doors for children as they waited for school buses to pick them up.

Magoon is a former police officer in Concord, but left that department in 1987. He is to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on July 6 in Merrimack County Superior Court.

pgrossmith@unonleader.com


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